About Akademy Funktion
Akademy Funktion Dance Collective LLC aims to enhance and encourage creative expression among all ages who have a passion for all genres of dance, music and performing. We believe that mastering the skill of performing provides unique and foundational life skills to all, by building self-confident, expressive, diligent, and skilled dancers.
We provide small intimate classes that allow for more hands-on teaching and coaching to strengthen dancers core skills while maintaining a dance community that supports personal achievements and growth. More importantly, we represent diversity and leadership and proudly scream our motto, Kommit, Lead, Soar.
Owner/Director, Kandice M. Alves aka “Kandi Monet”
Kandice M. Alves was born in Miami, Florida, where she attended Charles Drew Elementary Magnet school. At the early age of four, she developed an interest in dance and love for music, which prompted her family to enroll her in classical ballet classes. She continued to master her dance skills by participating in the Charles Drew dance magnet program as well as attending the Classical School of Ballet, located in Kansas City, Missouri.
By the age of 13, she was introduced to different dance styles such as Hip-Hop and Band Dancing back home in Miami Florida. She continued these dance genres throughout her entire high school years as Captain of 3 different "Auxiliary Dance" teams.
At the age of 16, Kandice moved to Maryland with her family and attended Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. However, once studying at The Dance Institute of Washington(DIW) under the late great Fabian Barnes, her resume began to blossom. While she continued her training in Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary at DIW, Kandice also made way for her talent in Hip-Hop to be shown behind a few up and coming artists and dance troupes in the DMV area.
She attended Howard Community College and Coppin State University to continue her dance education while being featured in two Arts Collective Dance Company showcases at Howard Community College.
After developing an extensive dance resume with her experience and performance record, Kandice started her very own up and coming Dance Company in Ellicott City, Maryland known as Akademy Funktion in 2014. The company is based off several dance genres, and diverse choreography.
Now as the Owner and Director of Akademy Funktion Dance Collective LLC, Kandice M. Alves looks forward to incorporating her knowledge by leading and mentoring dancers through creative movement and exploration. She’s best known for her creative choreography that sets a standard for anyone who seeks the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone.
Briana “Honey” Mathis
Assistant Coach “Varsity” & Instructor
Briana Mathis, a Chicago native, developed her love for dance at three years old. Briana often observed and mimicked the movement being taught in her older sister's dance class, which led her mother to enroll her in toddler classes. Briana's technical background includes ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, majorette and liturgical dance. She attended Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts as a dance major. At the end of her freshman year, she was promoted to a principal dancer in the department's senior company – Dance Company. Briana competed at the county and state level for college scholarships and was selected as a member of the All-County Dance Honors Ensemble, which brings the top Baltimore County dancers together on one team, for three consecutive years. Briana has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and a master’s degree in Organizational Communications from Bowie State University. While attending Bowie, she joined the Symphony of Soul Marching Band Dancing Divas Danceline. During her three years on the team, Briana performed at numerous football and basketball games. Today, Briana is a freelance dancer who enjoys teaching students of all ages and helping others realize their potential.
Shaiday "Sunflxw" Dancy
Shaiday "Sunflxw" Dancy is a vibrant soul with a passion for dance like no other. After graduating from Frostburg State University, where she minored in dance and found her flow through yoga, she made it her mission to spread light and love through movement. Shaiday received her yoga certification to help educate herself and others on health and wellness, especially as athletes, and has begun to share Sunflxw Salutations with her community. Shaiday has trained in many genres such as contemporary modern, jazz, ballet, hip-hop in both the theatre and commercial worlds. She began training within the Laurel High School Dance Program with Jacklyn Martin, attending dance festivals at CCBC, George Mason, and performing for the Prince George's County Board of Education. While competing in high school she also won the UDA All-American Dancer Award in 2012. She has trained and gained a beautiful presence with Damarcko Price of Enkore Dance from a sprouting artist in the LHS Dance Program til today. Shaiday has danced with other companies such as Captial Movement, Vincent Thomas Dance Company, Light Sound Dance Theatre and has recently become a member of Monica Warr's adult company, WARRNXLVL. Shaiday wants nothing more but to continue learning and growing so that she can help others around her do the same. Namaste and Slay!
Terah Minor-Jones started her dance training at Wheaton Studio of Dance and Strathmore's CityDance Program. There, she trained in the styles of modern, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop. She auditioned for Future Shock DC, a youth, pre-professional hip hop company, and trained there for three years. While dancing with Future Shock, she attended James Hubert Blake high school in Montgomery County, Maryland where she danced on their D1 Champion Pom Squad and trained in jazz, ballet, and modern. Since then, Terah has had the opportunity to dance with a number of different dance organizations such as WNBA Mystics Mayhem Dance Team and Towson University Poms Squad. In 2015, she got the opportunity to dance on BET's 106 & Park and tour with BET East Coast College Tour. She currently attends Towson University for Middle School Education and dances competitively with one of DC's many hip hop companies, Capital Funk.